To highlight the Indian diaspora and its contributions to India’s foreign policy, economy, and climate change
San Francisco, CA
2023 is turning out to be a historic year for India as it prepares to hold the G20 presidency, influence global discourse, and promote cooperation around pressing issues like climate change, terrorism, and economic inequality.
As Indian diaspora in various countries of the world plays an important role in bridging the countries’ divide and economic upliftment of India and the world. Underlining this thought, the Indian diaspora and its contributions, Indiaspora recently organized a 3-day forum, the Indiaspora G20 Forum in New Delhi.
Indiaspora is a network of global Indian-origin leaders from diverse backgrounds, who participated in this forum in Delhi from August 22 to 24 ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in September. The forum, titled ‘Indiaspora G20 Forum- The Road to India at 100 – The Diaspora Dimension,’ witnessed diplomats, academicians, and business heads actively deliberating on subjects of critical importance.
U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti delivered an awe-inspiring keynote address at the inaugural Indiaspora G20 Forum. “The best thing you can have in life is being comfortable crossing borders and navigating between places. We are part of multiple identities, but in reality, we are part of concentric circles,” Garcetti said, as per a release.
US-India Business Council president Atul Keshap spoke about the contributions of the Indian diaspora on a panel discussion on ‘Global Connect,’ whereas musical and cultural dance performances presented India’s rich diverse heritage.
As per a release, G20 Chief Coordinator, Ministry of External Affairs Harsh Vardhan Shringla made special mention of the US-India jet engine deal and the role of Indian-Americans in furthering the bilateral relationship. The Finance Secretary, of the Government of India Dr. T.V. Somanathan elaborated on the strength of the global Indian community, and deeper and stronger connections, channeling the collective energies of Indians of the world in shaping a brighter future for India.
On day 2, welcome notes by Rangaswami and Sreekumar Nair of the Indiaspora preceded intense discussions on India’s growth story and the role of the Indian diaspora. Famous music composer A R Rahman also graced the event and shared his insights on the global music diaspora. Music’s power to unite and transcend boundaries was a key theme of the discussion.
Prominent Indian American business leaders and academicians attended the forum as key speakers, and on the last day, the closing remarks were delivered by Sanjeev Joshipura.